Call for PhD candidates | Smart Biomass Conversion

What if we could replace crude oil with a more sustainable alternative to make the transportation fuels of the future? The chemical process currently used for the production of e.g. liquid fuels, can be tailored to enable the use of certified biomass as well as municipal waste. The PhD student will work on the synthesis of a new generation catalysts, capable of using a.o. lignin as a renewable feedstock to produce fuels, fuel additives or base chemicals, such as aromatics.

15 projects have been defined:

Exploring the Complexity of Pore Space of a Catalyst Particle (Prof. Bert Weckhuysen)

Photocatalysis Enhanced by 3D Multi-Scale Structured Supraparticles (SPs) (Prof. Alfons van Blaaderen)

Molecular simulations of nanoparticles and heterogeneous catalytic surfaces in a solution (Prof. Alfons van Blaaderen)

Mechanism of furan conversion in zeolite catalysts (Prof. Emiel Hensen)

Catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass in a fluidized bed: from catalyst to process (Prof. Emiel Hensen)

Cognitive Microkinetic Modeling of high-temperature methane dehydroaromatization over zeolites (Prof. Emiel Hensen)

Droplet and Catalyst Interactions in Atomization of Bio-Oils (Prof. Hans Kuipers)

Advanced 3D Multiphase CFD Method for Bio-Oil Deoxygenation (Prof. Hans Kuipers)

MRI Flow Imaging of Trickle Bed Reactors (Prof. Hans Kuipers)

Experimental and computational study of catalytic conversion in open-cell foam catalytic reactors (Prof. Hans Kuipers)

Particle Scale Transport Phenomena in Trickle Bed Reactors (Prof. Hans Kuipers)

Micro structured slurry bubble columns for CO2-to-MeOH (Prof. Hans Kuipers)

Field electron emission in organic solvents for biomass conversion (Prof. Albert van den Berg)

Transport of mass, momentum and heat in multi-component turbulent particle laden reactive flows: Numerical simulations on the mesoscale (Prof. Detlef Lohse)

Heat and mass transfer in dispersed multiphase turbulence with catalytic particles (Prof. Detlef Lohse)